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Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's team has extensive expertise in the full lifecycle of oil and gas assets. The practice handles significant international financing transactions across upstream and midstream oil works, and continues to be strong in greenfield development work. Widely considered a market leader in this space, Troy Edwards now leads the group alongside energy disputes lawyer Mark Levy, with the team advising governments, lenders and developers on large-scale energy projects. Lorraine Bayliss is the name to note for ECA financings, and has a broad practice handling international project finance matters and secured lending transactions for both borrowers and lenders in the power, infrastructure and oil and gas markets. Other key members of the practice include Andrew CastleJohn Geraghty and global managing partner Gareth Price. Associate Cathy Gilmartin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards; Mark Levy

Other key lawyers:

John Geraghty, Lorraine Bayliss; Tom Betts; Cathy Gilmartin

Testimonials

‘John Geraghty, Tom Betts and Cathy Gilmartin were a unified team who delivered us a great outcome on the realisation of our investment in a very tight timeline. they were highly engaged, creative in drafting, worked seamlessly with other advisers and across timezeones. All three were outstanding – creative, engaged, diligent, thorough and measured.’

Key clients

TAPI Pipeline Company Limited

Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd

GemCorp Capital LLP

Nigeria LNG Limited

Kerogen Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising  TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (TPCL) on all aspects of the development, construction and implementation of the new-build Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, including the complex multi-contract procurement and construction arrangements.
  • Acting for Natixis and BNP Paribas as mandated lead arrangers on the financing of the acquisition of Occidental’s entire onshore oil production portfolio in Colombia by the Carlyle Group.
  • Advising the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), a joint venture owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total and Eni, on a first-of-a-kind $3 billion corporate financing for the Train 7 project at the Bonny Island liquefied natural gas facility in the Niger Delta.

Ashurst

Ashurst is known for handling big-ticket oil and gas transactions. with the firm advising across both upsteam and midstream matters.  Michael Burns heads the team, which has significant experience on cross-border matters, particularly in the Middle East, as well as advising on petrochemical and decarbonisation deals. Yann Alix remains the key contact for energy and natural resources matters in Africa. Julia Derrick handles project development and commercial contracts, with a focus on upstream oil & gas and LNG, while Huw Thomas has experience of advising on oil and gas reserve-based lending in the EMEA market. Senior associate Quentin Robinson acts on M&A matters in emerging markets. The group is also regularly instructed in contentious work, with head of international arbitration Matthew Saunders handling disputes across the natural resources sector. Elsewhere, former global head of the energy group Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill is now a consultant but remains active in the corporate practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Burns

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Saunders; Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill; Julia Derrick; Yann Alix; Huw Thomas; Tom Cummins

Testimonials

‘When our company was faced with the pandemic and financial markets went into meltdown, we needed a law firm we could rely on to be there for us at short notice, who could adapt quickly and produce complex documentation whilst looking for ways to speed up the negotiation process to complete the deal. Ashurst were very impressive, reacting quickly, helping us to understand points raised by the other side, whilst offering solutions.’

‘Michael Burns is full of ideas and opinions. Knows the industry really well.’

‘Julia Derrick – really considerate as to what clients want.  Great on the detail of any given matter.’

‘Julia Derrick is a great lawyer with a strong eye for the details. She knows all the ins and outs and is able to translate complicated matters in topics easy to grasp. Julia provides excellent advice. Clients love her.’

‘Easy to work with, extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic.’

‘Strong technical advice coupled with understanding the commercial aspects of a deal is what makes Ashurst stand out in this area. The quality in the partnership is also reflected in the well-trained associates, who are knowledgeable, pro-active and able to solve issues. Together this results in a high quality consistent product without wasting time and costs.’

‘They really know oil & gas, in particular UK upstream M&A, better than anyone. Great attention to detail and a quality product.’

‘A high quality offering with depth and great understanding of the energy sector.’

Key clients

bp

Shell

Sasol

Spirit Energy

OMV

EnQuest

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

Total

INEOS

Siccar Point

Woodside

BHP

Neo Energy

HitecVision

Northleaf Capital

Nephin Energy

Tullow Oil

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Hurricane Energy

JX Nippon

Schlumberger

Rockhopper

Lundin Petroleum

Serica Energy

Brookfield

KKR

Blackrock Global Energy Fund

Mitsui

CNOOC

Porsche

Work highlights

  • Advised bp on three landmark financing transactions totalling $26bn, including a US$10 billion revolving credit facility, a $12bn debut corporate hybrid debt issuance and a $4bn debut bond buyback.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on its innovative Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) programme.
  • Advised Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on one of the largest global energy infrastructure transactions, which saw a consortium of investors invest in select ADNOC gas pipeline assets, valuing the business at $20bn.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP

Baker Botts (UK) LLP‘s well regarded City oil and gas practice has considerable experience handling large international corporate transactions, financings and energy disputes. Mark Rowley leads the group which has a focus on emerging markets, particularly Africa and the Middle East. Nick Collins and Hamish McArdle are core members of the group; advising borrowers and sponsors on project financings, and upstream development matters, respectively. Midstream oil and gas, hydrogen and LNG matters are dealt with by Rob Butler, who is supported by senior associate Alex Kerr. On the disputes side, Poupak Anjomshoaa handles international arbitration matters , particularly involving petrochemicals, power and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rowley

Other key lawyers:

Rob Butler; Hamish McArdle; Alex Kerr; Nick Collins; Poupak Anjomshoaa; Rob Butler; Alex Kerr

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of the oil and gas business – really know their sphere of work’

‘Hamish McCardle and Alejandro Escobar [arbitration] are excellent’

‘We have been working with Baker Botts for years and can only say we are very happy with the proactive advice given and very pleasant cooperation. Particularly in a number of very difficult transactions resulting from the effects of COVID on the O&G industry. The result we achieved would not have been possible without Baker Botts’ support. ‘

‘Hamish McArdle is a strong legal counsel, always protecting the interest of the company in the best possible way, with an eye open for finding solutions.’

‘Rob Bulter is energetic and knowledgeable across the LNG sector’

‘Baker Botts’ energy practice is well regarded in the sector because they consistently deliver quality advice. Their advice goes beyond what you have asked, they quickly spot other issues that lie beyond the scope of your specific question so that as a client I have a full understanding of all the potential exposure in across areas we had not contemplated. That is the “value add”.

‘Rob Butler and other Global Projects partners at Baker Botts have a true understanding of a client’s drivers, appetite for risk and the corporate constraints within which we have to conclude a transaction. Rob’s assistance was invaluable. He knew when to challenge our team whilst being respectful. His commercial and practical approach made him stand out from our counterparty’s equivalent and we know that we got the best deal for our team because of Rob and his team’s input. But what really makes Rob stand out is who is is. He is real and true and open and quickly forms a professional but friendly bond with the entire team.’

Key clients

Steelhead LNG

Uganda National Oil Corporation

Novatek

Sempra LNG

Rosneft

Work highlights

  • Representing the Uganda National Oil Corporation, the leading petroleum company in Uganda owned by the Ugandan Government.
  • Representing JSC Novatek, Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer and the seventh-largest publicly-traded company globally by natural gas production volume.
  • Representing Sempra LNG, the leading US-based developer and builder of natural gas liquefaction facilities.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP is a market leader in the oil and gas sector, handling big-ticket transactions for an impressive roster of clients including Shell and Equinor. The practice continues to be instructed on a range of international disputes, construction-related mandates, and transactional work. Jointly overseen by Graham Phillips and Alex Panayides, the team has a deep bench of experts and recently advised Adani group on its joint venture with Total to create one of India’s largest downstream energy partnerships; this was led by corporate contact David LewisJohn Wilkins has a focus on energy transition matters. Oil and gas disputes also feature in the caseload. For Africa focused mandates , Olamide Oladosu is the name to note. Global head of the energy and resources practice, Russell Wells is also a recommended contact , having more than three decades of experience acting in emerging markets matters.  Clare Burgess is well-regarded by peers.

Practice head(s):

Graham Phillips; Alex Panayides

Other key lawyers:

Clare Burgess; David Lewis; Russell Wells; John Wilkins

Testimonials

‘Alex Panayides is outstanding. As good as they come. Excellent lawyer. Highly experienced in litigation/arbitration particularly in this sector. Phenomenal work rate. Very good in dealing with clients with counsel and a tough opponent if you are on the other side.’

‘Graham Phillips was involved in all critical strategic and tactical decisions, and very close during the detailed drafting.’

‘David Lewis is one of the most experienced and seasoned lawyers and I personally value his advice a lot. He is a true transaction counsel and helps drive consensus and solution.’

‘John Wilkins – progressive, knowledgeable and approachable. Excellent understanding of where energy sector crosses into government policy. ‘

‘I would recommend Clifford Chance to anyone for disputes. Top notch lawyers. Very hardworking and on top of the detail. Very commercially astute. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘The team is very high quality and met our requirements. They enabled us to close the largest acquisition we have ever done in just five days. In addition, we completed three strategic transactions with the team in the past six months. The key strength is to break down complex issues to simple points and accordingly assist in developing decision parameters around them. It is one of the highest quality teams in the region.’

Key clients

Shell

Equinor

ENGIE

Total

Chrysaor

Petroineos

ENI

Edison

Pharos Energy (previously SOCO International)

Kuwait National Petroleum

Sinopec

DNO

Gunvor

Adani Group

Oil Search

SOCAR

Work highlights

  • Advised Shell on a number of energy transition related matters over the past 12 months, including advising on its $12bn revolving credit facility (following a USD10bn facility agreed in December 2019).
  • Represented a prominent Oil & Gas client in three commercial arbitrations and related actions. London-based partners Rob Lambert and Alex Panayides jointly conducted the advocacy at all hearings.   ​​
  • London-based partners Graham Phillips and Steven Fox have recently advised Chrysaor, the UK’s leading independent North Sea oil and gas group, on the completion of its all share merger with Premier Oil plc through a reverse takeover, which included the reorganisation of Premier’s existing debt and cross-currency swaps.

CMS

CMS has ‘excellent capabilities’ across the oil and gas sector and handles a steady stream of high-end multi-billion-pound transactions for an international client roster. The practice houses a group of experts across onshore and offshore infrastructure projects, LNG work, and regulatory matters. Penelope Warne remains a key name in the practice, overseeing the national energy group and active across matters involving the North Sea, Norway, and Russia. Jonathan Woolf advises on energy M&A, whilst Andrew Shaw advises across the full range of upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas matters. Also in the core team is Ian HerbertMatthew Culver is head of the oil and gas practice in the Middle East and works between the Dubai and London offices. The team also has a large energy disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Woolf; Penelope Warne

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shaw; Matthew Culver; Ian Herbert

Testimonials

’Excellent capabilities in the North Sea oil & gas sector, from project inception and development to the operational phase of a project to decommissioning.’

‘Leaders in energy transition and provide excellent technical and commercial support to new energy projects. Overall they offer the full package for 21st century energy and natural resources clients.’

‘Andrew Shaw is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial. Always available and ready to go the extra mile for his clients. A leading expert in supply chain and logistics in the energy sector.’

‘Their advice is technical but is delivered in a commercial manner that demonstrates an understanding of how projects and operations work in practice. They have a particular strength in supply chain matters and commercial contracts. They also give very sound advice on the wider regulatory and political issues relevant to the sector. ‘

Key clients

BP

Equinor

Cadent Gas

Eni

TAQA

Shell

Total

Work highlights

  • Advised Eni S.P.A on the restructuring of the Damietta LNG joint venture with Naturguy S.A. and local government entities, EGAS and EGPC.
  • Acting for bp plc on the disposal of assets in its North Sea business, with the $625,000,000 sale of its interests in the operated Andrew and non-operated Shearwater upstream assets, together with associated facilities and interests, to Premier Oil plc.
  • Acting for TAQA Bratani, Spirit Energy and JX Nippon in relation to a dispute concerning removal of RockRose as operator, including dealing with related pension issues (TAQA Bratani Ltd & Ors v Rockrose UKCS8 LLC [2020] EWHC 58 (Comm))

Dentons

Dentons has ‘deep knowledge of the industry’ and a strong track record of handling complex international deals across Africa and Asia. The energy and infrastructure practice is led by Charles July in London and focuses on the full range of traditional oil and gas work, as well as energy transition matters, particularly in hydrogen. Charles Wood remains a key practitioner in the group and specialises in LNG and gas projects; he’s also the name for electricity market reform and regulation. Core areas of expertise for the team include project development, financings, and corporate transactions. Greg Hammond  is a ‘well-experienced trusted advisor’ and is recommend for transactional work in Latin America. Other key members include Humphrey Douglas and energy disputes lawyer Liz Tout.

Practice head(s):

Charles July

Other key lawyers:

Charles Wood; Humphrey Douglas; James Meakin; Liz Tout; Greg Hammond

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the energy sector and pro-actively work on developing solutions to complex issues raised rather than just providing drafting language.’

‘Charles Wood is very good at asking difficult questions and spotting why something we thought was simple is actually more complex then helping us to think around the issue – or alternatively taking something that we thought was complicated and turning it into a clear easily understandable concept.’

The entire Dentons Team has a very good understanding as regards the client’s needs. We apreciated their pragmative approach. They provided great support throughout all stages of the M&A process. We were in particular impressed by their negotiation skills.’

Humphrey Douglas: always available, great to work with, impressive Industry Knowledge. Great support during negotiations. Understands the client’s needs and positions and knows how to best implement. James Meakin: Impressive expertise. We very much appreciated his support on all tax aspects of the M&A Transaction. Angela Saldanha: Great support during negotiations.’

Greg Hammond has provided practical and commercial corporate energy related advice for many years. A senior, well experienced trusted advisor to have on one’s side.

Key clients

BASF/Wintershall

Centrica

Equinor

PetroIneos

Ingenious

National Grid

PETRONAS

Vitol

Sev.en Energy AG

Hurricane

Noble Energy

Cadent Gas

Actis

OMV

ONGC Videsh

Work highlights

  • Advised OMV Petrom, the largest energy company in south-eastern Europe, on the due diligence and sale of its 100% shareholding in Kom-Munai LLP (KOM) and Tasbulat Oil Corporation LLP (TOC) to Magnetic Oil Limited.
  • Advising Hurricane Energy Plc on the development/procurement strategy for development and operations, including joint venture arrangements and potential tie-back.
  • Advised Total on its acquisition of the majority of Ørsted’s business-to-business gas and electricity customer portfolio in the UK.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is instructed by a number of leading energy companies including Chevron on major transactions, disputes, and project financings. Lewis McDonald is the global head of the energy group, which works on matters across regions including Asia and Africa. Corporate partner Steven Dalton has a focus on energy and natural infrastructure M&A work, particularly in the CIS region. The practice has a strong disputes offering with key names including Paula Hodges and Craig Tevendale on the arbitration front. Also on the contentious side is James Baily, who acts in cross-border disputes in the context of major projects and drilling contracts. Reza Dadbakhsh is also of note for LNG sector work.

Practice head(s):

Lewis McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Craig Tevendale; Paula Hodges; Reza Dadbakhsh; James Baily

Testimonials

‘The team has commercial acumen that they apply to a range of complex situations and problems.’

‘Pragmatic, practical, commercial advice on challenging transactions. Straightforward and no nonsense – always solution orientated.’

‘They resource matters very well and client communication is top notch.’

‘Craig Tevendale is a brilliant strategic thinker.’

‘The team understand client needs and provide fit-for-purpose advice and support. From a comparative perspective they are also good value for money.’

‘The team has deep market insight.’

‘Depth of experience and expertise makes firm stand out in comparison to competitors.’

‘Extremely proactive and always on top of upcoming deadlines and workstreams. They are always available at short notice and are able to work very effectively under high pressure.’

Key clients

BP

Chevron

ENI

Gazprom

Sinopec

CNPC

Tullow Oil

Maurel & Prom

Woodside Energy

Mercuria Energy

VTTI

Perenco

Mitsui

Marubeni

Mitsubishi

Sumitomo

Apex

Trident Energy (Warburg Pincus)

CalEnergy Resources

Edison

Vitol

Avenir LNG

Euroil Exploration

MM Capital Infrastructure Fund I

Nippon Oil

INPEX Corporation

JOGMEC

Sojitz

Black Sea Oil and Gas S.A. and its majority shareholder, Carlyle International Energy Partners, LP

CNODC and CNOOC

Nordstream AG

DNS (UK) Limited

ABSA Bank Limited

African Export-Import Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

BNP Paribas

ING Bank

Lloyds Bank PLC

Africa Finance Corporation

Afrexim Bank

Bank of Montreal

Credit Agricole

DNB

HSBC

Natixis

Nedbank

Societe Generale

Work highlights

  • Advised Nord Stream 2 AG, a consortium of Russian, German, French and Dutch energy companies building Nord Stream 2, which will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany through a system of pipelines under the Baltic Sea.
  • Ongoing representation of Carlyle and Black Sea Oil and Gas in relation to the project development and financing of the Midia Gas Project in which BSOG is the majority participant together with Petro Ventures and Gas Plus.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins has ‘excellent bench-strength’ and handles an assortment of transactions for investment banks, major oil companies and private equity houses. The multidisciplinary energy practice is led by Simon Tysoe and is active across upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas projects, corporate mandates, and high-profile energy disputes. Counsel JP Sweny is highlighted for their LNG sector expertise, whilst Craig Nethercott is a key contact for projects in the Middle East, having expertise in Islamic finance. Other core members of the team include energy finance lawyer John Balsdon and Sam Newhouse (who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP last year) who handles public and private M&A transactions. The group has an extensive geographical footprint with strong energy practices in Asia, Africa-expertise through  to facilitate cross-border work. The firm also has Afria-expertise, with PE partner Kem Ihenacho and projects partner Clement Fondufe chairing the Africa group.  Matthew Brown handles Latin American project finance work and is noted for power generation work.  Project finance partner Tom Bartlett  joined the firm from White & Case LLP  in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tysoe

Other key lawyers:

John Balsdon, Sam Newhouse; Craig Nethercott; JP Sweny; Matthew Brown; Clement Fondufe; Tom Bartlett

Testimonials

‘JP Sweny is a quiet but key leader’

‘Latham have some leading energy & natural resources lawyers. They have provide me with top quality M&A advice on structuring and executing some extremely complex transactions. They understand (and advise on) the commercial and value angles as much as the legal angles and are a great team to have on your side in a complex transaction.’

‘Sam Newhouse and Simon Tysoe are undoubtedly two of the leading energy lawyers in London. They are very knowledgeable, they know what is happening in the market and are superb technicians. They are always on top of the detail and provide pragmatic solutions to complex problems.

’Very strong team, which is knowledgeable and has excellent bench strength, including at the associate level.’

‘Simon Tysoe makes the Latham offering stand out. His knowledge, adaptability and can-do attitude are second to none and incredibly important for clients – particularly as part of global energy transition.’

’Tom Bartlett is very responsive, and offers commercial solutions in negotiations.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Chevron Corporation

NNPC

Shell

Aker BP

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc

Assala Energy

Tullow Oil

Glencore

Sonangol EP

Work highlights

  • Advised Carlyle International Energy Partners on its acquisition of Occidental’s entire onshore oil and gas business in Colombia.
  • Advised TOTAL Deutschland GmbH (TOTAL) on the sale of its shares in the joint venture Großtanklager-Ölhafen Rostock GmbH (GÖR) to EUROPORTS Terminals GmbH (EUROPORTS).
  • Advised Galaxy Pipeline Assets Bidco Limited on its public offering of $4bn senior secured bonds.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has a highly regarded oil and gas team led in London by global head of energy Daniel Tyrer. The practice handles major international project development and transactional matters in EMEA and Latin America, for leading clients across the value chain. John Pickett and Chris Staples focus on advising lenders and sponsors on power transactions, whilst Mark Russell maintains a busy practice in upstream oil, LNG sector work, and petrochemicals. Other key members of the team include Owen Clay, who handles energy transactions, and Fiona HobbsMatthew Keats has been promoted to head of the energy and infrastructure group for the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tyrer; John Pickett; Chris Staples

Other key lawyers:

Mark Russell; Matthew Keats

Key clients

BP

ExxonMobil

ENI

CNPC

Galp

Kogas

ENH

Prax Group

Arctic LNG 2 LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised BP on the US$5 billion sale of its Acetyls and Aromatics businesses to INEOS, the global manufacturer of petrochemicals and oil products.
  • Advised the sponsor group, which included ENI and ExxonMobil, and its coventurers on all aspects of the development of the Rovuma LNG project. This will be Africa’s largest ever energy project and Mozambique’s first onshore LNG infrastructure.
  • Acting for ECAs and lenders on a €10bn+ project financing for the Arctic 2 LNG liquefaction terminal in Western Siberia, being developed by Novatek, TOTAL, CNODC, CNOOC and Mitsui/Jogmec.

Milbank

Milbank is singled out for its ‘exceptional technical and market knowledge’  with core areas of strength including LNG-to-power projects, high-value M&A transactions, and project financings. Led by Matthew Hagopian, the team includes  John Dewar , who has expertise in multi-sourced financings, including multilateral and export credit agencies. The group is active across the LNG sector, upstream oil and gas, and petrochemicals — Munib Hussain focuses on the latter. Associate Kilian de Cintré acts for both lenders and sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hagopian

Other key lawyers:

John Dewar; Kilian de Cintré; Munib Hussain; Manzer Ijaz; Suzanne Szczetnikowicz

Testimonials

‘Exceptional technical and market knowledge and great depth amongst the partners and associates we have used. Able to coordinate instructions and advise coherently and project manage at all levels within our organisation.’

’The team dealing with our matter have been superb. Led by the incomparable Clive Ransome [consultant] and his encyclopaedic knowledge of energy projects and John Dewar, who has detailed knowledge of the regional marketplace and supported by the responsive Suzanne Szczetnikowicz. All were responsive to our challenging requirements of timescale and never compromised on quality.’

Key clients

JBIC

UKEF

KEXIM

K-Sure

FIEM

Total

US Exim

New Fortress Energy

Public Investment Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised New Fortress Energy in connection with the  combined acquisition of (1) Hygo Energy Transition Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture (“HYGO”) between Golar LNG Limited and a Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners fund and (2) Golar LNG Partners, LP (“GMLP”), a vessel owner with an asset base that includes 6 six FSRUs, four LNG carriers and a 50% interest in both trains of the Hilli FLNG vessel.
  • Advising the lenders in the restructuring of the Damietta LNG project. The SEGAS complex in Damietta, Egypt, exports LNG to the Spanish market.
  • Advised Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) and commercial and Islamic banks as the lenders in connection with the financial completion of the Rabigh Phase 2 Project.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is ‘simply outstanding in oil & gas related works’ and remains a market leader in cutting-edge transactions for major energy companies. The multidisciplinary practice in London is led by co-head of the energy industry group Philip Stopford, and in a recent highlight is advising Saudi Aramco on the Amiral Project, an expansion project to the existing SATORP refinery project, a joint venture with TOTAL in Saudi Arabia. The group has a deep bench of experts including; Jason Kerr , whose practices includes project and international finance matters across emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and co-head of the upstream group David Baker , who regularly advises on high-value LNG sector matters. On the sponsor side, Mukund Dhar is the key name to note, with Mark Castillo-Bernaus leading on some of the largest project financing deals. Top-end oil and gas commercial arbitrations are led by Mark ClarkeAllan Taylor is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford

Other key lawyers:

Mukund Dhar; James Hardy; Jason Kerr; Allan Taylor; Mark Castillo-Bernaus

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of key transaction structures in Oil & Gas . James Hardy is articulate, clear, very responsive, attentive to details, protecting the interest of the client and the transaction.’

‘White & Case has been simply outstanding in oil and gas related work for us. They delivered first class advice. They dive into the very deep end and proffer very innovative/bespoke solutions to resolve knotty issues. They anticipate the issues well in advance, almost as if they are in your shoes.’

‘The team I’ve been working with demonstrated very high level of expertise, and good knowledge of the Russian (and other relevant emerging market) market practices and standard terms of the loan documentation. W&C addresses its clients requests in very efficient manner, and demonstrates high managerial skills even during the pandemic period.’

‘ Mark Castillo-Bernaus always provides very pragmatic and practical sollutions. He knows how to find the balance between borrower’s and lenders interests in the most efficient manner.’

‘Very proactive, very knowledgeable, good setup combining different experience of different partners to provide optimal coverage of the issues at hand. Lawyers are proactive, driving process and engaging. Have great knowledge of precedent deals, rhetorically strong, able to explain issues and stand firm on critical points.’

‘Mukund Dhar is brilliant at what he does. He has a great personality that makes the most complex matters seem easy to comprehend.’

‘Allan Taylor has deep experience on working on transactions in the oil & gas sector in Kazakhstan. Excellent knowledge of the industry and geography. Jason Kerr – excellent attorney and very strong in managing transactions and client relationships.’

‘Philip Stopford is very diligent, available, open and straight-forward in communicating on key issues/development, which has been very helpful.’

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

Eni

Total

Chevron / Noble Energy

Qatar Petroleum

QatarGAs

Energean

EIG / Harbour Energy / Chrysaor

ElectroGas Malta

Carbon Holdings

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

NNPC

Blue Water Energy

Nostrum

Seplat

PUMA Energy

HESS

MOL

KazMunaiGas

ADES International

Uzbekneftegas

Vitol

INPEX

Work highlights

  • Advised the financiers on a landmark $20+ billion project financing of Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, Mozambique LNG. It is the largest ever foreign direct investment into Africa.

Akin Gump LLP

Transactional powerhouse Akin Gump LLP's oil and gas group has an 'excellent' track record acting in high-value and cross-border energy M&A, disputes, restructurings, and regulatory work. The group has significant global project financing expertise and advises across the full life-cycle of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas work. The team has extensive experience working in emerging markets with Weyinmi Popo and private equity specialist Shaun Lascelles focusing on Africa mandates and Simon Rootsey in Latin America. London international arbitration head Justin Williams is another key name, working with Hamish Lal and counsel Jenny Arlington on the contentious side. Transactional head Julian Nichol left to join Watson Farley & Williams LLP in September 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Justin Williams; Weyinmi Popo; Shaun Lascelles; Hamish Lal; Jenny Arlington

Testimonials

‘Justin Williams is a standout energy lawyer and terrific leader ‘

‘Extremely commercial and extraordinarily responsive’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Group of Creditors of Premier Oil

VPI Holding Limited

Vitol Group S.A.

The Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Nostrum Oil & Gas Plc

Equinor

Coastline Exploration

LUKOIL

Palestine Power Generating Company

PJSC Tatneft

Vivo Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised an ad hoc group of senior secured creditors of the Premier Oil Group in connection with the proposed merger, by way of reverse takeover under the UK Listing Rules, of Premier Oil Plc with Chrysaor Holdings Limited and with the restructuring of Premier Oil’s c. $2.7 billion of debt.
  • Represented Vitol SA, an energy and commodities company focused on trading and distribution of energy products globally, as part of a consortium with Africa Oil to buy a stake in two Nigerian oil fields from Brazil’s Petrobras and in a related joint venture with BTG Pactual, Brazil’s largest independent investment bank.
  • Advised Equinor, a Norwegian-based international energy company, in its acquisition from Rosneft of a 49 percent interest in LLC KrasGeoNaC (KGN).

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a particularly strong track record acting in project development work across the CIS region and the Middle East, frequently working on midstream and downstream oil and gas matters. The practice is led by a number of key partners in London, including Richard Blunt, Kathy Honeywood  and head of the global nuclear energy team Neil Donoghue . Susie Davies  is active in private equity transactions.  Core areas of expertise for the team include LNG projects, construction-related projects, and M&A. Philip Thomson is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Richard Blunt; Neil Donoghue; Kathy Honeywood

Other key lawyers:

Susie Davies; Mike Webster; Steve Abraham; Andy Moody

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive and offer competitive rates and value for money’

‘Philip Thomson is very responsive and always approachable. He’s very knowledgeable with regard to finance aspects of the business.’

‘Very commercial and pragmatic. Helpful in devising strategy based on current deals / what is happening in the market’

Key clients

Gazprom Export LLC

Uniper Global Commodities

Tokyo Gas Co Ltd

Schlumberger

INA Industrija Nafte DD

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden)

Vitol BV

GASTRADE S.A.

Marubeni Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Uniper (as project developer) on the proposed project to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany (the only German deepwater port).
  • Supported Tokyo Gas in their investment of up to USD 190 million in UK-based Octopus Energy Group Limited.
  • Advising Schlumberger in proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court against Apache North Sea Limited.

Bracewell (UK) LLP

Bracewell (UK) LLP has an excellent track record working across emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East on high-value financing mandates and acquisitions. The group is overseen by Jason Fox and has vast expertise across the oil and gas space. Eimear Murphy and Olivia Caddy are experienced transactional lawyers advising both lenders and borrowers on cross-border deals; Adam Blythe is noted for gas commercialisation matters and Nina Howell is the contact for LNG work. On the energy disputes side, John Gilbert is the name to note. The team has been expanding its expertise in recent months. Ronen Lazarovitch joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP , while Alistair Calvert joined the firm’s energy disputes team in November 2020 as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP. He focuses on disputes related to oil and gas exploration. Ben James is also recommended and has particular experience of African transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:

Nina Howell; Darren Spalding; Alastair Young; Eimear Murphy; Adam Blythe; Olivia Caddy

Testimonials

‘Know the oil and gas sector incredibly well.’

‘Breadth of experience and good quality associates. Critically, partners are hands on, so the work product is always reliable.’

‘Ben James is sharp, commercial, focused, robust and a safe pair of hands. He knows the upstream sector very well.’

Key clients

SierraCol Energy Limited

NEO Energy Group Limited

Neptune Energy Group Holdings Limited

ING Bank N.V.

ENI S.p.A.

German LNG Terminal GmbH

Savannah Energy plc

Petrogas E&P LLC

Norwegian Energy Company ASA

SDX Energy plc

Etablissements Maurel & Prom

BNP Paribas

The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd

Impact Oil & Gas Limited

Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas Limited

Apache North Sea Limited

EOG Resources Trinidad Limited

Gran Tierra Energy, Inc

Hunt Oil Company

Genel Energy Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised new UK North Sea E&P player NEO Energy, which is backed by HitecVision, on the financing arrangements to fund the acquisition of a portfolio of operated and non-operated assets in the UK North Sea from Total.
  • Advising German LNG Terminal GmbH on the development of the first LNG import terminal in Germany (in the port of Hamburg). LNG will be supplied by under long-term international LNG SPAs, to be re-gasified at the terminal for supply into the German domestic market.
  • Advising Eni in its capacity as operator of the New Gas Consortium (NGC) (a joint venture established in November 2019 among Eni, BP, Chevron, Total and Sonangol for the exploration and production of natural gas in Angola) on the first-ever project for the commercialisation of non-associated natural gas in Angola.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has a ‘first class’ oil and gas practice and is regularly instructed on high-profile transactional and contentious mandates for leading energy companies and sovereign states. The team has significant experience acting in emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia on high-end arbitration matters. David Bennet and Michael Wachtel jointly oversee the practice, which includes seasoned arbitrator David Leckie and corporate partner Philip Mace , who handles midstream and upstream oil and gas assets. Ben Knowles and Mark Walsh are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

David Bennet; Michael Wachtel

Other key lawyers:

David Leckie; Philip Mace; Mark Walsh; Ben Knowles ; Lucy Frith

Testimonials

’The team at Clydes is first class. They have a complete mastery of the detail of their cases, manage their clients incredibly well and are excellent at presenting their cases to arbitrators (both orally and in writing).’

‘Strong commercial and legal skills. Very flexible approach and speak the same language as their clients. Willing to adapt and always meets deadlines, even if these are short.’

‘Lucy Frith has been an excellent support. She has very quickly got up to speed on very technical matters and got to grips with lengthy, complex contracts with ease. She speaks the same language as our in-house teams and we had no concerns putting her in direct contact with the technical team to understand the matters in hand. The quality of the work she provides is excellent and we would highly recommend her.’

Key clients

Total

Chevron

Apache

Schlumberger

New Age

Sasol

Scottish Power

SIMEC

OMV

Savannah Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advising on ongoing aspects of a €450m ground-breaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper fields a ‘strong, committed, hard-working team’ that is singled out for its top-rated energy disputes practice and midstream and downstream oil and gas work. National head of the energy and natural resources group James Carter leads the team, which is skilled in cross-border transactional work across the Middle East and Africa. Counsel Felix Ndi-Obiosa handles project finance and development work, with extensive experience advising on energy and infrastructure projects across Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Nacim Bounouara advises lenders and sponsors on power projects across EMEA. On the international arbitration side, Philip Chong leads the Europe team and acts for large oil and gas companies in disputes pertaining to supply and transit. Also of note is Andreas Gunst who is active in LNG and gas pipeline projects in Europe. Dimitri Papaefstratiou left to join Charles Morrison at EY LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Carter

Other key lawyers:

Philip Chong; Felix Ndi-Obiosa; Andreas Gunst; Christina Lawrence;  Charles Allin; Nacim Bounouara

Testimonials

’Good level of partner engagement and responsiveness. Nacim Bounouara is commercial and works in a constructive way to achieve the best outcome for the project. Felix Ndi-Obiosa is responsive and committed in his approach to getting the deal done.’

‘The Rolls-Royce of city litigation practices – they can staff any case with the best lawyers at the appropriate level, can handle any dispute and have expertise around the world. They readily bring these skills into focus in the oil and gas sector.’

‘ James Carter – very cerebral and good tactical acumen. Charles Allin – capable of running a case like a partner. Great inter-personal skills, huge litigation experience and a natural litigator.’

‘Unique capabilities in dealing with cases that involve complex economic issues. They are also excellent on Russia connected disputes.’

‘Philip Chong and Christina Lawrence are exceptional. They have a deep understanding of energy disputes and a strong commitment to their clients’.

’The lawyers at the firm are approachable and responsive. Generally, the firm is very good at simplifying complex transactions and omitting unnecessary legalese, without compromising quality or creating legal risk. Their approach is solution orientated and business-like, which makes it easy to work with them as a corporate counsel.’

‘Felix Ndi-Obiosa has helped in ensuring a seamless conclusion of the transactions we have worked on together. He is an excellent lawyer who is solution driven and commercially-focused.’

‘DLA have a strong, committed, hard-working team – prepared to put in the extra effort required to ensure that the largest cases and presented effectively. Philip Chong is one of the leading oil and gas lawyers in the market – widely known for his breadth of experience and safe pair of hands. James Carter is sparky and effective.’

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s oil and gas practice is led by Paul Stockley , who is singled out by clients for his expertise in the sector, and advises on large projects across Europe, Africa and CIS. The team handles capital markets transactions, disputes, and project development work. Dominic Gurney-Champion is the name to note for corporate finance matters including equity funding and M&A, whilst Simon Sloane is recommended for international energy disputes. Construction-related projects work is led by Cecily Davis , who also heads the firm's Africa group.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stockley

Other key lawyers:

Simon Sloane; Cecily Davis; Dominic Gurney-Champion

Testimonials

‘Paul Stockley has many years’ experience advising in this sector, bringing former in-house counsel experience to bear, resulting in a good level of understanding of client’s needs.’

‘Paul Stockley is responsive, considered and technically good.’

Key clients

JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

Chrysaor E&P Services Limited

Mirabaud Securities Limited

WH Ireland Limited

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Hartshead Resources Limited

British Pipeline Agency (BPA)

President Energy

Sound Energy PLC

Independent Oil and Gas PLC (IOG)

Chariot Oil and Gas PLC

Serica Energy PLC

Igor Kolomoisky

Echo Energy

Total

SundaGas Pte. Ltd

Ineos

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chrysaor on its merger with Premier Oil plc, including with respect to regulatory matters, decommissioning security matters, joint venture communications and intra-group asset transfers.
  • Advising JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas” in respect of a set of cross-border inter-linked corporate transactions involving two share sale and purchase transactions in indirect oil and gas subsidiaries (including a bitumen plant) and a renegotiation of existing shareholder arrangements in respect of an oil and gas joint venture with its Chinese partner, CITIC Resources Holdings Limited.
  • Providing legal support to IOG regarding its Southern North Sea gas project development activities.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is singled out for its excellent energy arbitration team headed by ‘standout partner’ Kieron O’Callaghan and is able to handle significant cross-border disputes for leading oil and gas clients. The practice is jointly overseen by Ben Sulaiman and Sarah Shaw (who co-leads the global energy group) and handles an assortment of large project financing deals and transactional matters across the Middle East and Africa.  On the disputes side, Ben Hornan is also of note and has sector strength across energy and mining. At the associate level, Amy Cleaves advises on LNG sector work, international projects, and energy transition financing.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sulaiman; Sarah Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Kieron O’Callaghan; Ben Hornan; Amy Cleaves

Testimonials

‘The disputes team offers in-depth knowledge of the markets, excellent strategic thinking, and truly international coverage – essential where many of the disputes are arbitrated in London under LCIA rules but are for clients around the globe .’

‘ Kieron O’Callaghan has a detailed appreciation of the markets and a keen sense of the needs of the client. ‘

‘ Ben Hornan, an up and coming partner who works extremely well in partnership with Kieron’

‘I would like to commend the consultancy provided by Ben Sulaiman and members of his team’

‘Great crossborder strength and a very strong client base in Russia and Eastern Europe. The firm is particularly strong in international arbitration disputes, with considerable expertise across all major institutional arbitral rules.’

‘Kieron O’Callaghan and Ben Hornan are standout partners in the dispute resolution department, especially as regards international arbitration disputes. They are savvy and commercially-minded litigators who never lose sight of the need to find the best ways of achieving clients’ objectives.’

‘Amy Cleaves has an excellent reputation within our business. Our partners will request her for every transaction, because we know she’s diligent, fast, understands the problems she’s dealing with, and kind. I have recommended her a number of times and will continue to do so.’

Work highlights

  • Act as sole Project Counsel for the entire Consortium, led by BP and SOCAR, on the $45bn Shah Deniz 2 Gas Project.
  • Sole project counsel for a National Oil Company of an East Asian State on its upstream oil and gas project in Chad.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘excellent knowledge’ of the oil & gas market, with LNG matters a core area of strength. The team is regularly instructed on the construction and development of LNG-to-power projects and other related infrastructure. Practice head Rob Marsh who also co-leads the renewable energy practice has extensive experience across energy regulation and project work. Nick Prowse is the name for upstream and downstream oil and gas matters, and has experience acting across EMEA. Madhavi Gosavi is a project finance specialist. On the energy disputes side, the team is led by Neil Miller, who is supported by key partners James Rogers and Holly Stebbing. Energy transition matters have also become a growing focus for the team.

Practice head(s):

Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Nick Prowse; Neil Miller; Madhavi Gosavi; James Rogers; Holly Stebbing;

Testimonials

have been working with Norton Rose Fulbright for about 10 years now, and it’s been a really good experience. The teams are organized by lawyers with excellent training and are knowledgeable across a wide range of matters.’

Madhavi Gosavi is very committed to delivering and work very closely with the client, understanding theirs needs and challenges, such as financing and strategy.’

Key clients

bp

Egdon Resources Plc

Eni

ExxonMobil

IFC

INA – Industrija Nafte d.d.

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Pavilion Energy

Shell

Work highlights

  • Advising Pavilion Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pavilion Energy Pte. Ltd., on the world’s first LNG sale & purchase agreement (“SPA”) with carbon neutral ambitions.
  • Advised on the financing of the construction, development and operation of the INGS Alexandroupolis, an independent natural gas terminal in north-eastern Greece.
  • Advised in respect of the sale of BP’s petroleum interests in the Gulf of Suez region of the Republic of Egypt covering 12 different concession areas including BP’s interest in the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO) to Emirates National Oil Company owned Dragon Oil for an undisclosed consideration.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP’s oil and gas practice continues to go from strength to strength and has a deep bench of experts across natural resources and the energy infrastructure space. Jointly managed by project finance lawyer Evan Stergoulis and John Deacon, the team handles large-scale capital markets transactions, complex disputes and acquisitions. Ed Lukins advises oil and gas companies across AIM and the main market, whilst Edward Humphries focuses on the European and Asian markets. On the commercial arbitration side, Mark Beeley and James Hargrove are the names to note, and focus on international disputes, particularly across Russia and the CIS. Transactional partners Simon Alsey and Ravinder Sandhu are recommended, as is associate Rebecca Downes .

Practice head(s):

Evan Stergoulis; John Deacon

Other key lawyers:

Ed Lukins; Rebecca Downes; Ravinder Sandhu; Mark Beeley; James Hargrove; Edward Humphries; Simon Alsey; Hannah Roscoe

Testimonials

‘Mark Beeley is our go-to litigator. Very responsive and understands our business very well.’

‘Mark Beeley and the team have a good understanding of energy and natural resources. Also, considering they were working for a client (and with lawyers) in a different jurisdiction, they ensured that the objectives of the client were met and had a prompt turnaround time in preparing and updating documentation. The Orrick team was also readily available for strategy sessions at all times, despite the time difference, and provided strategic input at such discussions.’

‘Very pleased with the service received from the Orrick team.’

‘In comparison to other lawyers we have dealt with in the UK, we find that the lawyers at Orrick have a sound understanding of the energy and natural resources practice area. They are efficient, client-responsive with their work and always provide strategic input to meet the client’s objectives.’

Key clients

Centrica Energy

Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

Conrad Energy

Energiekontor

ENGIE Global Markets

Enviva

EP UK Investments Limited

IPM Energy Trading Limited (now ENGIE UK Markets Limited)

JP Morgan

Mercuria Energy Group

MET International AG

Microsoft

Mitsui Bussan Commodities Ltd

Ørsted

Petroineos Trading Limited

Px Limited

Respira International Limited

Rockrose Energy

SOCAR Trading SA

Storengy UK Limited

Trailstone UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented RockRose Energy, an independent oil and gas company based in the UK on various matters, including during its acquisition by Viaro Energy via a £248m recommended cash offer as well as in its acquisition of SSE plc’s interest in its portfolio of gas exploration and production (E&P) assets for £120m.
  • Acting as external counsel to Petroineos Trading Limitedon the negotiation of gas, LNG, storage and trading agreements and other commodities-related activities for Petroineos Trading Limited and other PetroChina (a JV partner in Petroineos) group entities based in Europe.
  • Acting as lead external counsel to ENGIE Global Markets on general power, gas, carbon and weather trading matters including multiple specialist matters throughout the year, including force majeure claims, the impact of negative oil and power pricing on existing trading arrangements and future mitigation techniques.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice group is led by global head of oil and gas Rosalie Chadwick , who is based between Glasgow and London. The team continues to act in a number of high-value financing and acquisition deals across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, with Paul McGoldrick, and Akshai Fofaria (who focuses on Africa-related projects) being the key names to note. Contentious energy work is led by Katherine Davies who advises on both domestic and cross-border commercial litigation matters; co-head of the international arbitration group Jason Hambury is also recommended. Former practice head Bob Ruddiman in Aberdeen left for Burness Paull LLP. The team counts leading national names including Shell and BP as  clients.

Practice head(s):

Rosalie Chadwick

Other key lawyers:

Paul McGoldrick; Akshai Fofaria; Katherine Davies

Testimonials

‘ Excellent communication, problem solving and with a very commercial approach. The team comprised people with relevant industry and country experience.

‘Rosalie Chadwick is a stand out performer. Extremely proactive and highly skilled. The firm know the market very well and have become go to advisers for our company’

‘Akshai Fofaria has excellent knowledge and a very practical approach to resolving issues and finding commercial solutions.’

‘Very strong team members who are very skilled lawyers, commercially minded and dedicated to assisting clients’

‘What stands out is Pinsents’ knowledge and mastery of this complex market’

 

Key clients

Total E&P UK Limited

Ithaca Energy

Jersey Oil & Gas Plc

Siccar Point Energy

CATS North Sea Limited, Antin CATS Limited, ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company U.K. Limited and ENI Limited (the “CATS Parties”)

Zennor Petroleum Limited

NEO Energy

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Dangote Industries Ltd

Transocean

Shell UK Limited

BP

Aker Solution

Mazarine Energy

Oriental Okwok Limited

Canadian Natural Resources International / CNR Cote d’Ivoire and CNR International

MRS Holdings Limited

Koral Energy Limited

Wood PLC

Repsol Group

Tullow Oil

Suncor Energy Services Inc

Trinity Exploration & Production plc

Work highlights

  • Advised oil super major Total on its $600m+ disposal of UK North Sea non-core assets to a subsidiary of NEO Energy, a vehicle backed by Norway-based private equity investor HitecVision.
  • Advised Ithaca Energy on its acquistion of Chevron North Sea Limited. Completion of the deal sees Ithaca become the second largest independent oil and gas business in the UKCS, acquiring ten producing field interests (including four operated assets) and 500+ employees.
  • Advised Siccar Point Energy Ltd on the development of the Cambo oil & gas field, West of Shetland, and the tie-in, transportation and processing arrangements through the West of Shetland Pipeline System and the Sullom Voe Terminal.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s international oil and gas practice is described by clients as ‘exceptional’ and handles complex transactions and disputes across Africa and the Middle East. Headed by Iain Elder, the group focuses on project finance, developments, and major gas projects. Sanja Udovicic is a key name, alongside former London office head Nick Buckworth, who has three decades of experience in project development and finance. Counsel John Inglis handles upstream oil and gas matters, and has a strong presence in Asia.

Practice head(s):

Iain Elder

Other key lawyers:

Sanja Udovicic; Nick Buckworth; John Inglis

Testimonials

‘Shearman & Sterling is an exceptional law firm. We very much appreciate working with them and can highly recommend their services. The legal advisors are highly committed, knowledgeable, creative, solution-driven – just what you need to close a deal.’

’Highly efficient and  professional team, tailor-made, “lean” project team.’

‘Iain Elder – professional with a business mindset.’

Key clients

Golar LNG Limited

SACE S.p.A.

Notore Chemical Industries Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Golar LNG in connection with all aspects of the provision of a floating liquefaction facility for use by BP.
  • Advised SACE and the SACE Lenders on the financing for the modernisation and expansion of the Middle East Oil Refinery in Egypt(“Midor”).
  • Advising on the development and financing of an agro-fertiliser plant expansion project at its existing site in Onne, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons houses a team committed to ‘quality, excellence and efficiency’, and focuses on midstream oil and gas matters, particularly involving LNG work and pipelines. Iain Duncan heads the practice, and handles an assortment of corporate energy mandates, project financings across EMEA and energy disputes. Adam Cooper is a key contact and has a strong track record acting in financing projects in emerging markets. The group's client roster is made up investment banks, major oil and gas players, and private equity funds. On the lender side, Patrick Wallace advises on corporate transactions and M&A. Andrew Petry is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Wallace; Andrew Petry; Adam Cooper

Testimonials

‘Simmons and Simmons LLP offers sophisticated legal service in the energy business and strives to achieve customer-tailored solutions. They are a team of experienced lawyers providing integrated, seamless legal service. Their work is always client-focused. They provide original ideas and solutions and take the initiative to lead to success. They commit to quality, excellence and efficiency and achieve them as one team with the client.’

‘We highly appreciate our joint work with lawyers like Patrick Wallace’

‘The team is problem solving and has good comprehension of the client’s specific characteristics and need for advice for each concrete case. The long term relationships established helps the advice to be more efficient and helpful.’

‘The lawyers react quickly, efficiently and in an intelligent way, finding useful solutions and justifications. Patrick Wallace has provided very valuable advice from many years’

Key clients

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

EBRD, IFC, Commercial International Bank (Egypt)

Commercial International Bank S.A.E.

Gate terminal B.V.

Egyptian LNG

Iona Capital Ltd.

Government of Kenya, State Department for Petroleum

National Oil Company of Liberia

Globeleq

Work highlights

  • Advised BEH, the Bulgarian state gas company, on the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector and purchases of gas from the Caspian region.
  • Advised the lenders in connection with the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG at Sokhna Port, Egypt.
  • Advised sponsors on Gate terminal, Europe’s LNG hub, a professional access gateway for LNG that is supplied from across the world.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May's oil and gas practice, which is jointly led by Hywel Davies and Michael Corbett, stands out in large M&A and private equity transactions. Clients also benefit from the expertise of project finance expert Steven Galbraith, who has over 30 years of experience in the industry.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Davies; Michael Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Steven Galbraith

Testimonials

Hywel Davies provides more than just high quality legal advice but provides a wider counsel on how legal matters fit into specific issues or the broader business environment.’

The team really takes the time to understand their clients, investing in secondments, taking care to ensure we know the lawyers who are working for us, and showing a genuine interest in our business including in between transactions. As a client, I am made to feel like I am a priority, even though other clients must bring far higher fees to the firm.’

Hywel Davies’ industry knowledge is vast, and it is immensely reassuring to have his presence on any call.’

Key clients

Premier Oil

INEOS

Seadrill Limited

Valaris plc

Alpha Petroleum

Genel

Centrica

Aker Energy

HitecVision

Kosmos Energy

PTTEP

Repsol

Shell

Work highlights

  • Advised Premier Oil on its proposed $9.5bn all share merger with Chrysaor and the related restructuring and repayment of Premier’s existing debt.
  • Advising INEOS on the acquisition of BP’s global Petrochemicals business for $5 billion, and on related acquisition financing arrangements.
  • Advising Seadrill Limited and its group companies in relation to a comprehensive restructuring of a complex debt and capital structure comprising 12 secured credit facilities totalling more than $5.7bn of debt.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP has a strong transactional energy practice which handles the full gamut of oil and gas matters for leading energy companies and sovereign states. The group is overseen by Alex Msimang (who also leads the Africa group) and handles project developments, regulatory advisory work, and complex energy disputes. Co-head of the project finance practice Nabil Khodadad is a key contact for pipelines, petrochemical and power projects and has experience acting in the Middle East and the CIS region. Andrew Nealon is another key partner in the group, alongside counsel  Alistair Wishart ,  who advises on downstream oil & gas, petrochemicals, and infrastructure projects, and senior associate Nadine AmrLouise Woods is the name to go to for commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Alex Msimang

Other key lawyers:

Nabil Khodadad; Louise Wood; Andrew Nealon; Alistair Wishart; Nadine Amr 

Testimonials

‘The partners and associates know how our company works, our value, culture and risk appetite. Therefore, when they provide their legal assessment, they take that into consideration. They are always available to support.’

‘In comparison with other firms, the team cares about the client’s interests more than making money out of them.’

‘Nabil Khodadad provides well-thought-out and qualified consultation on many aspects of a given transaction.’

‘Alistair Wishart does outstanding work in tackling complex issues and providing helpful solutions. Other team members also provide helpful input during review of documents and stand out with their strong discipline.’

‘Andrew Nealon is highly professional and qualified, with a good sense of humour which can take the heat off and help to stay calm in any situation. It is always a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Vinson is a very specialised law firm in energy issues with partners and associates who are very business oriented and with high energy skills.’

‘The team has unique experience in consulting and drafting agreements in the field of oil and gas in Central Asian region. This experience makes the team indispensable in reaching financial close and negotiating investment agreements, EPC contracts, and asset sale and purchase agreements that involve state enterprises and foreign investors. The team invests much effort and time to care for the needs of the client. If required, they can produce high quality documentation in a very short period of time.’

Key clients

Africa Oil Corp.

Equinor ASA

BP

Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq

Woodside Petroleum

SOCAR

Eurochem

Uzbekneftegaz

Nauticol Energy

Saipem SpA

Work highlights

  • Advised Africa Oil Corp. on all aspects of its acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Petrobras Oil and Gas B.V. (“POGBV”) from Petrobras International Braspetro B.V. (a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras), including the acquisition financing.
  • Advise Woodside with the development, as well as transactional and advisory matters, in connection with their interest in the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture, the Senegal upstream assets they acquired from ConocoPhillips.
  • Advising BP and SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. on a proposed development and financing of a PTA and aromatics petrochemicals facility in Aliaga.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s multidisciplinary practice is led by global head of oil and gas Chris Kilburn in London and has a proven track record acting in large corporate transactions and cross-border projects across emerging economies. The team comprises head of the upstream finance group Joe Levin , who handles high-value financing mandates, and standout practitioner Heike Trischmann , who is noted for LNG sector work and international petroleum negotiations. Jan Mellmann (who heads the firms global mining and commodities practice) is recommended for his corporate finance expertise. The team was also recently boosted by the addition of highly experienced transactional specialist Julian Nichol from Akin Gump LLP. On the commercial litigation side; Rob Fidoe and Andrew Hutcheon advise corporates and state-owned entities on energy, infrastructure, and international trade disputes. The team can leverage its international offering across Paris and Singapore on multi-jurisdictional deals.

Practice head(s):

Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:

Joe Levin; Heike Trischmann; Rob Fidoe; Andrew Hutcheon; Julian Nichol

Testimonials

‘Team is very capable and also keeps in mind the context and bigger picture and knows when to be pragmatic, when to solve/de-escalate an issue between legal counsels, and when this is a commercial point to be dealt with between clients. ‘

‘They are good technically but what really differentiates them is that they are really good project managers, good at liaising between different parties’

‘Joe Levin is really available, and has a very positive and cheerful attitude which is very pleasant and motivating. He has a real sense of the commercial relationships at stake, and is really focused on making sure we get to the finish line.’

‘Deep understanding of the Oil and gas sector especially with respect to financing. Work very closely with their clients and feel part of the team.’

‘Heike Trischmann is readily accessible, very polite, and affable. She really thinks things through. Her experience in multiple jurisdictions makes her a shrewd lawyer and allows her to identify multiple risks that parties may not be considering.’

‘There are few legal practices that can claim to have a similar level of experience and expertise in oil and gas’

Key clients

DNB Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas and ING Bank

IPR Energy Group

CalEnergy Resources

Coro Energy plc

Advance Energy plc

United Oil & Gas plc

PTT Public Company Limited

Circle Gas

Tower Resources plc

Blue Grid Gas & Power and Mytilineos S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising DNB Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas and ING Bank as arrangers and a syndicate of 20+ lenders on increasing Chrysaor’s debt facility
  • Advising IPR on its financing and acquisition of certain onshore Egyptian producing upstream assets from Dana Gas Egypt (“DGE”)
  • Representing PTT Public Company Limited, the Thai state-owned SET-listed oil and gas company, in a Supreme Court hearing in November 2020

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s full-service oil and gas practice is jointly led by John Conlin and George Burn. It has an excellent track record handling oil and gas M&A and joint ventures; the team includes Rod Chooramun, who advises on a number of cross-border acquisitions and divestments of oil and gas assets. Alexander Keepin has substantial capital markets experience. On the contentious side, the firm is prominent in oil and gas disputes; Burn has over two decades of experience representing clients in international arbitration proceedings. Senior associates Simon Buchler and Helen Miller are also recommended, as is Adam Dann.

Practice head(s):

John Conlin; George Burn

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Keepin; Simon Buchler; Rod Chooramun; Adam Dann; Tom Eldridge; Helen Miller

Testimonials

Alexander has managed to understand our business, the strategy and priorities. He tailors his advice accordingly. I also feel that tasks are allocated so as to balance cost with competencies.’

Friendly approach. Concise advice. Timely responses. They now when to push for instruction on urgent matters so as to maintain timelines.’

Experience, practicality and ability to meet timelines.’

Availability, responsiveness, sector knowledge.’

Alexander Keepin has an excellent understanding of the public market requirements for small-mid cap oil & gas companies. In particular, he understands dual-listed businesses and their needs.’

Key clients

Pantheon Resources Inc.

Halite Energy Limited

Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

Ancala Partners

Odfjell Drilling

EDF Energy

Jadestone Energy

SDX Energy Inc

TOTAL SE

ENI

Suncor

OMV

Oil & Gas Authority

INEOS

Work highlights

  • Advised Suncor Energy UK Limited on the divestment of its 26.69 percent working interest in the Golden Eagle Area Development (comprising the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields – the Interests) to EnQuest Heather Limited (a subsidiary of EnQuest PLC) for an initial consideration of $325 million and contingent consideration up to $50 million.
  • Advised Eni S.p.A. on the negotiation and execution of four definitive share sale and purchase agreements with Prime International Oil & Gas Company Limited in respect of its divestment of its entire Pakistan onshore and offshore upstream oil & gas and renewables business comprising of nine producing gas fields, five exploration assets, associated pipelines and processing facilities, and a photovoltaic plant.
  • Advised Pantheon Resources plc, an AIM-traded oil & gas company with assets in Alaska, on its $30 million fundraise.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is highlighted for its strength in handling large and complex cross-border M&A, projects and energy disputes. The head of the London team is Anna Howell, who is the go-to expert in LNG sector work and advises on the full spectrum of projects with emphasis in emerging markets, particularly in Asia. At associate level, Mitasha Chandok handles cross-border transactions, while Kelly Powers advises on onshore and offshore project development matters. On the contentious side, Penny Madden QCJeffrey Sullivan QC and dual UK/US qualified partner Cyrus Benson are names to note. The team is representing petroleum company Corral in an ICSID arbitration against Morocco. Ben Myers joined the team from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anna Howell

Other key lawyers:

Mitasha Chandok; Kelly Powers; Jeffrey Sullivan QC; Penny Madden QC; Cyrus Benson; Ben Myers

Key clients

Marathon Oil

Kerogen Capital

Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

E.ON SE

KUFPEC

Nauticor GmbH

Murphy Oil

Chevron Corporation

Elliott Advisors

PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP)

Carlyle

Schlumberger

Yukos Capital

Corral Morocco Holdings

Luxtona Limited

Crescent Petroleum

Dana Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., on its acquisition of Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business.
  • Acting for Crescent and Dana in three high-value London-seated LCIA arbitrations against MOL (a majority-State owned company and Hungary’s second largest enterprise) and OMV (the Austrian oil and gas giant).
  • Representing Luxtona, a Cypriot shareholder investor, in an Energy Charter Treaty dispute against Russia relating to alleged illegal expropriation of the claimant’s investments in Yukos Oil Company.

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is active in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas work, with a key strength in the LNG sector. The team, which is led by Glenn Kangisser, is regularly instructed by oilfield operators, contractors and insurers on a range of projects, energy transactions and disputes. London managing partner William Cecil handles arbitration matters for clients in the offshore oil and gas and energy industries. Phoebe Anderson, who is dual-qualified to practise in England and Australia, focuses on offshore exploration and production and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kangisser

Other key lawyers:

William Cecil; Phoebe Anderson

Testimonials

Very strong team specialising in offshore drilling contracts and shipbuilding contracts. Good innovative ideas from the partners in looking after our company’s legal rights.’

We always get the feeling the lawyers genuinely care and being able to reach them anytime is always good. Glenn Kangisser is a fantastic lead for the company.

The firm specialises in offshore oil and gas more than any other firm in the UK. The solicitors are experts in their field, pleasant to deal with and go the extra mile.’

I have an excellent impression of the firm. Their office and people are welcoming.’

Key clients

Stena Drilling Ltd

Valaris plc

Stena LNG & Power Solutions AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Valaris plc in High Court proceedings in respect of a claim by a Saudi Arabian company, Al Rushaid Trading Company, concerning tortious claims relating to alleged breach of a joint venture agreement for the provision of drilling vessels in Saudi Arabia.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP has an extensive international practice handling both contentious and non-contentious matters in the downstream, midstream, and upstream oil and gas space. Jointly led by Jeremy Farr and Paul Tetlow, the group handles transactional matters, fundraisings and offshore construction-related disputes. Charles Lockwood focuses on contracts, global onshore and offshore energy projects and engineering matters. Clare Kempkens handles EPC and drilling contacts. The team launched a new hydrogen practice group in 2020. Corporate partner James Green is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Farr; Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

Clare Kempkens; Charles Lockwood; James Green

Testimonials

They are simply excellent – enthusiastic, very focussed, extremely experienced, great to be instructed by and very client friendly.’

Approachable and attentive to their clients’ demands.’

We have worked with the team for some years and their knowledge of our business – along with our strengths and weaknesses – mean that they are able to take control of the agenda and prepare before we even know that something has to be done – you will not get that anywhere else.’

Paul Tetlow is a very commercial partner, who gets very involved in all aspects of a transaction or ongoing advice.’

Calibre of the team, sector knowledge and experience, level of responsiveness, flexibility on fee arrangements, use of technology.

Jeremy Farr is best in class – a wealth of experience, technical legal knowledge combined with a strong commercial understanding. An absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Halliburton

Deltic Energy PLC

Ørsted

Longboat Energy Plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

PGNiG SA

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX)

Wood Plc

Noble Corporation

MODEC International Inc

SOFEC Inc

Seaway 7

Petrofac

London Marine Consultants

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on the divestment of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business to Glencore.
  • Instructed in relation to one of the most high profile and significant cases for arbitrator conflicts and challenges for some years, H v L [2017] EWHC 137 (Comm) and, on appeal, Halliburton Co v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 817) and Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd (formerly known as Ace Bermuda Insurance Ltd) [2020] UKSC 48 which dealt with the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
  • Advised Panmure Gordon, as nominated adviser and broker, on the AIM admission of Kistos plc and a related fundraising by the company to raise £31.75m.

King & Spalding LLP

At King & Spalding LLP, the oil and gas practice delivers a ‘first class’ service to clients, with it being strong in M&A and investment transactions, project development work and international arbitration. The group, which is jointly led by Martin Hunt and Nikhil Markanday, also excels in large project finance transactions, where it acts for lenders and sponsors. LNG work is a notable driver of activity; in one highlight, the team recently acted for Total on its $50bn Mozambique LNG project. Sajid Ahmed is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hunt; Nikhil Markanday

Other key lawyers:

Sajid Ahmed

Testimonials

‘This team delivers first class legal advice in a client-oriented manner. The team is able to think through the critical legal issues whilst recognising the underlying commercial drivers.’

’An excellent team which is always willing to make that extra effort to ensure client satisfaction. Sajid Ahmed is an excellent lawyer with good business acumen and understands client’s perspective and overall business context and comes out with pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Chevron

ConocoPhillips

Gunvor

MODEC, Inc

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

OMV and OMV Petrom

Reliance

Seplat Petroleum

Sequa Petroleum

Shell

Sierra Oil & Gas

SigmaBleyzer Investment Group LLC

Total (successor of Anadarko Petroleum Company)

Transocean

Work highlights

  • Represented Baker Hughes in the sale of its global rod lift applications business relating to Lufkin.
  • Advised private equity firm SigmaBleyzer on the $250m fund it has set up to invest in upstream oil & gas projects in the Ukraine.
  • Representing Total (as successor to Anadarko) on all aspects of its $50bn Mozambique LNG Project, the largest proposed LNG export project in the world.

Mayer Brown International LLP

The ‘market leading’ oil and gas practice at Mayer Brown International LLP is active across the upstream space and has strengthened its team of experts with project partners Kirsti MassieMeredith Campanale and arbitration lawyer Luiz Aboim joining from White & Case LLP. Jointly led by Bob Palmer and Robert Hamill, the group handles cross-border corporate matters, LNG sales and environmental law issues for large energy companies and global banks. The group's energy finance offering has been bolstered with the arrival of Trevor Borthwick from Allen & Overy LLP. Recently-promoted partner Rachael O’Grady, who focuses on international arbitration, is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Bob Palmer; Rob Hamill

Other key lawyers:

Trevor Borthwick; Rachael O’Grady; Kirsti Massie; Luiz Aboim; Meredith Campanale

Testimonials

‘Market-leading practice, containing real experts. Proven track record, well-positioned to advise on cross-border projects. Strong presence in a number of countries. Provides very timely and excellent advice and is willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Bob Palmer – he really stands out. He is responsive, extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. Very capable and experienced. He also offers high quality strategic advice to boardrooms.’

They have been very responsive and effective with their work. Sometimes, when we refer them to our clients who need English law assistance, their rates are end up being too high but that is not a service issue. We find them to be very reliable and cooperative.’

My primary contact was Rob Hamill. He is brilliant; shrewd, direct, experienced. I would feel comfortable going to him with any new projects.’

Key clients

Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) Limited

Karoon Energy Ltd

Velocys plc

Genel Energy plc

Cairn Energy PLC

ONE-Dyas

Volga Gas

RockRose

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised Cairn Energy on the sale of its interests in its UK Catcher and Kraken offshore oil fields to private equity-backed Waldorf Production Limited.
  • Advised Karoon on its $665m acquisition of the Bauna oil field, in the Santos Basin, Brazil. The complex transaction involved advising on M&A, finance and joint venture matters.
  • Advising Gulf Oil International Limited on the asset purchase of a lubricant blending plant, storage tank farm and terminal facility from Singapore’s Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd, in an acquisition out of judicial management.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's team covers the entire value chain for a broad cross-section of stakeholders operating in the oil and gas industry. Its non-contentious work includes the financing, development, acquisition and sale of oil and gas assets. In addition, the group advises on regulatory issues and disputes. The core UK team is complemented by practitioners located elsewhere across the global network, making it a strong choice for cross-border work. David McEwing in Aberdeen has a strong pedigree handling acquisitions of oilfield interests and other corporate transactions. Richard Goodfellow is the main contact in Leeds, while Martin Stewart-Smith and Angus Rollo are names to note in London. Key additions to the team included Alex Hirom, who recently joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Paul Jones was recruited from Dragon Oil in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow; Angus Rollo; Martin Stewart-Smith

Other key lawyers:

David McEwing; Paul Jones; Alex Hirom

Testimonials

‘Expertise, diversity and detailed billing. Wide experience in the energy sector and long professional relationship with Mr Martin Stewart-Smith (Partner) in dealing with legal matters of our company.’

Commercially minded and extremely user-friendly. They take time to understand what what is important.’

Angus Rollo is an exceptional partner. Responsive, with exceptional command of the detail and a real force in negotiations.’

Key clients

bp

National Grid

Engie

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) / Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)

Waldorf Energy Group

Dana Petroleum

Ineos FPS

UGI International / Avanti Gas

Sonatrach

Dragon Oil

Ceylon Petroleum

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Acted for Waldorf Production UK Limited on all aspects of their acquisition of Cairn Energy’s stakes in the Catcher and Kraken fields in the North Sea for £330m.
  • Acted for NNPC Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) on the English law aspects of the $3.42bn development and financing of OML 11, one of the largest producing oil & gas assets in Nigeria.
  • Advised Scotia Gas Networks plc on creating the bid application to Ofgem for the world first H100 Project.

Armstrong Teasdale

Armstrong Teasdale acquired Kerman & Co in early 2021, which strengthened its ability to advise oil and gas clients on public and private M&A, debt and equity finance, commercial contracts and disputes. The team, which is jointly led by Peter Kohl and Joan Yu, also includes Coral Yu and Una Deretic. In addition, other key individuals are Anthony Kerman and Robert Paydon , who are sought after in international arbitration matters. Insolvency and restructuring head Imran Aslam recently joined from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Practice head(s):

Joan Yu; Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:

Una Deretic; Carol Yu; Robert Paydon; Anthony Kerman; Imran Aslam

Key clients

Applegreen Plc

United Oil & Gas Plc

Victoria Oil & Gas

Columbus Energy

Resources Plc

Baron Oil Plc

Empyrean Energy Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM-listed Columbus Energy Resources PLC (Columbus), an oil and gas E & P company focussed on onshore Trinidad and Suriname, on a £25 million all-share merger with AIM-listed Bahamas Petroleum Company Plc (BPC).
  • Acted for Baron Oil PLC, the AIM-quoted oil and gas exploration company, on its fundraising of £3m to increase its interest in the Chuditch PSC project and to complete the Chuditch PSC work programme and arrive at a drilling decision.
  • Instructed by PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Limited (POS) to resist the de novo inter partes application by the Claimant, PDVSA Servicios S.A. (PDVSA) to continue an injunction which it obtained ex parte on 4 August 2020 without joining POS.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s oil and gas practice in London is jointly led by Clive Hopewell and Nicholas Heap, with Matt Bonass serving as chair of the international energy and utilities sector group. Reflective of its footprint in the industry, the team advises national and international energy companies, small to mid-cap E&P companies and oil contractors, among other clients. The wide-ranging workload covers matters such as M&A, equity capital markets transactions, banking and finance and commercial contracts. In addition, the firm has a notable strength in oil and gas intellectual property disputes and insurance claims, among other contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bonass; Clive Hopewell; Nicholas Heap

Key clients

Risk Point

Vega Petroleum Limited and Dover Investment Limited

Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation

WH Ireland

Transglobe Energy Corp.

Global Energy Megatrend

Guvnor Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Risk Point, a leading provider of warranty and indemnity insurance, on multiple transactions this year, including the SSE’s sale of its 50% share in Ferry Bridge and Skelton Grange multifuel assets (renewables); and the merger of Premier Oil plc and Harbour Energy/Chrysaor Holdings Limited, to form the largest listed oil company in London
  • Advising Transglobe Energy on a proposed merger with a London listed Oil and Gas producer whose principal assets are located in Egypt.
  • Acting for the defendants in proceedings issued by British Petroleum International Ltd over the delivery and handling of oil in Egypt.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

The oil and gas practice group at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has been strengthened by the arrivals of Marc Hammerson and Tony Edwards from Stephenson Harwood in late 2020. The team advises state-owned entities on the development of nationally-significant projects across the upstream and downstream space in the Middle Eastern and African markets. Hammerson co-heads the team with Ryan Hansen, who is experienced in conducting licensing rounds and competitive tenders for oil and gas reserves, as well as negotiating production sharing agreements, licenses and joint operating agreements. Timi Balogun is an expert in project finance and infrastructure development, with a particular strength in upstream oil and gas projects, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Practice head(s):

Marc Hammerson; Ryan Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Tony Edwards; Timi Balogun

Testimonials

‘Marc is unique in his elaborate experience in the oil and gas market and specifically decommissioning matters. Marc has a wealth of knowledge, is very pleasant to exchange thoughts with, and advises in a clear and to-the-point way. He is also extremely helpful in finding out-of-the-box solutions.’

‘Marc Hammerson at Curtis. He has proved to be an excellent adviser and negotiator on a complex oil and gas farm in opportunity. Knowledgeable and calm.’

Great international reach, well versed in African E & P. Tony Edwards is detail-oriented, focused and methodical. Marc Hammerson is inspirational.’

‘Timi Balogun has been impressively analytical and presents otherwise complex legal issues in a simple and concise manner.’

Key clients

Harps Holdings Pte Ltd

Strand Hanson Limited

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Springfield Exploration & Production Ltd

RAK Gas LLC (national oil & gas company of Ras Al Khaimah)

First Hydrocarbon Nigeria

Somalia Petroleum Authority

Banyan Asian Capital

Brinitup Hydrocarbons Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising RAK Gas on the strategic development of a natural gas industry that will transform industrial gas usage within the Emirates.
  • Advising Banyan Asian Capital on the process of making major acquisitions from Oil Majors and developing natural gas infrastructure allowing the export of Nigeria’s abundant gas revenues.
  • Advising on a key strategic infrastructure project for South Africa forming a key part of Operation Phakisa (to develop the South African coastline).

Ernst & Young LLP

Ernst & Young LLP’s energy practice was established in 2020 when the firm recruited ‘superb lawyer’ Charles MorrisonSimon Collier, Joseph LamHarry Brunt and Dimitri Papaefstratiou from DLA Piper. The group has vast expertise across the full spectrum of oil and gas matters. It handles big-ticket restructuring projects for leading names in the industry, as well as high-value financing deals across Europe. Energy litigation work is led by Boaz Goren. The team has further bolstered its offering with the hire of Alex Cunningham from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Charles Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Simon Collier; Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Joseph Lam; Harry Brunt; Boaz Goren

Testimonials

The team is highly professional and very efficient in delivering solid legal advice. For EY this is a relatively new line of business but they have hired some of the best people I have worked with over the past 20 years.’

The newly hired lawyers have strong specialty in this field. Their legal services are valuable, practical and provided in a timely manner.

Knowledge, Commitment and persistence in meeting targets.’

Professionalism, experience and ability to successfully deliver a project. Special reference to Mr. Charles Morrison and Simon Collier for their performance.

They are have a wealth of industry experience from leading complex projects and not afraid or too proud to ask their SMEs for advice and confirmation. They are flexible and adaptable to the clients’ requirements and organised and thorough in the delivery of optimum solutions.’

Simon Collier’s experience with cross-border transactions and insight have been outstanding. His commercial acumen bridges the legal documentation to transaction expectations and he can identify the key requirements with speed. A sharp mind with an eloquent manner.

Key clients

Botswana Oil Limited

Union Fenosa Gas, S.A

Natural Gas Company of Cyprus, (DEFA)

Mytilineos S.A (Metka)

PNK Orlen

Victoria Oil & Gas plc

R. Stahl Norge AS

Dolphin Drilling Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Union Fenosa Gas, SA and SEGAS on all aspects of the restructuring and resumption of operations of the $3bn Damietta LNG Plant in Egypt.
  • Advising PKN Orlen and Grupa Lotos on the restructuring of the Polish energy market in a matter worth in excess of €1bn.
  • Advising the Government of Cyprus (through the Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus) in relation to the procurement, development and financing of an LNG import terminal at Vasilikos, Cyprus.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's energy practice, which has a particular focus on oil and gas matters in Africa and Eastern Europe, is jointly led by Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon. The team handles M&A, cross-border financings and capital markets transactions for clients such as Global Petroleum Limited and Angus Energy Plc. Corporate head David Robinson is experienced in matters such as AIM IPOs and other equity capital markets transactions. John Evans, who joined the team from Armstrong Teasdale, has expanded the group's commercial arbitration offering.

Practice head(s):

Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Other key lawyers:

John Evans; David Robinson

Key clients

Blake Holdings Limited

Cenkos Securities PLC

Global Petroleum Limited

Angus Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Blake Holdings which made a mandatory cash offer under Rule 9 of the Takeover Code for all the shares in Hardy Oil & Gas plc that Blake did not already own.
  • Advised new client Global Petroleum on an equity fund raising.

HFW

HFW works with a number of oil majors and leading commodities trading companies, advising on joint ventures, acquisitions and complex contractual  agreements, with a notable focus on liquefied natural gas, where the firm has particular expertise. Key partners include the 'knowledgeable and flexible' Alistair Mackie and M&A specialist Alex Kyriakoulis. The team also benefits from the firm's sectoral expertise in shipping.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Mackie

Testimonials

‘They have an excellent ability to jump into complex project matters, including help with structuring and financing aspects. Practical advice pitched at the right level and complexity, and strong ability to interact with commercial stakeholders.’

‘The main strength is the team’s depth of experience across all aspects of this sector. There is virtually no project that they will not have encountered before, and will be aware of the legal and commercial issues that need to considered.

‘Excellent industry knowledge specific to oil and gas and offshore shipping.’

‘Industry knowledge, availability, can-do attitude.’

‘Alistair Mackie is the key partner. He is very knowledgeable and flexible, giving very actionable guidance on all aspects of complex projects involving maritime assets.’

‘Across the team they are knowledgeable and responsive. Advice is always sensible and measured, and delivered in a way which is easy to understand. Alastair Mackie and Laura MacLean have particularly impressed.’

‘Paul Dean is very nice to work with and is sensible.’

Key clients

Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited

Tullow Oil plc

Regal Petroleum plc

Kuwait Oil Company

Cotemar S.A. de C.V

Excelerate Energy

Qatargas

Klaipedos Nafta

Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

Qatar Navigation (Nakilat)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Lithuanian LNG Terminals Operator, Klaipėdos Nafta, on its acquisition of a floating, storage and regasification Unit (FSRU), following a public tender involving nine other leading international law firms.
  • Advised Trafigura on the formation of Nala Renewables – a new joint venture company with IFMInvestors. Advised on the negotiation of the shareholders’ agreement with IFM Investors and ancillary documents.
  • Advising Qatargas, the world’s largest supplier of LNG, which is partly owned by Qatar Petroleum, on its vessel acquisition project, which forms a key element of the expansion of its North gas field.

Ince

Ince has a strong track record acting for leading international contractors and oilfield services companies. The practice is jointly led by Chris Kidd and Gillie Belsham; both have expertise in the energy and offshore sector, advising marine and construction sector clients on contractual matters and dispute resolution. Alexander Janes is the main contact leading on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets. The team also has a significant shipping and maritime offering headed by Christian Dwyer.

Practice head(s):

Gillie Belsham; Chris Kidd

Other key lawyers:

Christian Dwyer; Alexander Janes

Key clients

Golar

Pacific Drilling

Subsea 7

Glory Bulk Carriers Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pacific Drilling, a former New York Stock Exchange-listed company focused on deepwater oil drilling, in a highly contentious case concerning the construction of a drilling unit called the Pacific Zonda.
  • Acted for GVS Corporation, a GLNG subsidiary, on its sale leaseback financing for the conversion of the vessel Golar Viking to the FSRU LNG Croatia.
  • Assisted Glory Bulk Carriers Pte Ltd in obtaining an injunction from the High Court in London to enforce the negative covenant to prevent further trading, and damages.

Keystone Law

At Keystone Law, one of the key individuals is Richard Temple, who has a particularly strong track record of handling oil and gas transactions connected with Africa. In addition, he is prominent in North Sea deals. Elsewhere, other practitioners at the firm handle corporate finance transactions, and also advise on commercial contracts and intellectual property issues. Stuart Carter who joined from Fieldfisher, advises on the buying and selling of gas assets, while Fei Mao (formerly of Ince) who advises mostly Chinese clients on litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Temple; Stuart Carter; Fei Mao

Testimonials

The team is responsive, experienced and good value.’

Stuart Carter: Has a good blend of in-house and private practice experience in the energy sector. He is knowledgeable, practical and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

IOG plc

Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC

Trafalgar Oil & Gas

Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8)

iSquared Capital

Calon Energy Limited (formerly a subsidiary of RWE Generation)

Lexoo Limited

Ansila Energy NL

Cabot Energy

Pennant Resources

CLH

Echo Petroleum

Hansa Hydrocarbons

Painted Wolf Resources

North Sea Natural Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised Trafalgar Oil & Gas on the acquisition of micro-refineries in the USA for set up and installation in Cameroon and Nigeria.
  • Advised Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8) on the legal impact of COVID-19 on its various European wide oil storage and supply arrangements.
  • Advised iSquared Capital in connection with its 45% investment in Rubis Terminal, a pan-European oil storage operator.

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP fields a multidisciplinary team of ‘sharp solicitors’, which acts for clients on equity capital markets transactions, M&A, debt finance deals, private equity investments and construction issues, among other matters. Contentious work is also a mainstay of the practice, which is jointly led by Nick Davis and Michael DawesKieran Stone and Jenni Jenkins are among other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Nick Davis; Michael Dawes

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Gregory; Kieran Stone; Stephen Ravenscroft; Joanne Kelly; Jenni Jenkins

Testimonials

‘The Memery Crystal oil and gas team is fantastic. They provide good support and state of the art service. for us they are number one in oil and gas in London. Everyone in the team is great, top professionals and very sharp solicitors.’

Key clients

88 Energy

Zephyr Energy

Turner Pope for Sound Enery

Nordex GmbH

Aramco Overseas Company

Tlou Energy

VAKT Global

Unibin Resources Limited

Rathlin Energy

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

VAALCO

Valeura Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised long-standing client 88 Energy on a successful fundraising to domestic and international investors raising $10m.
  • Advising Waste Knot Energy in relation to the development of a SRF (solid recovered fuel) pelleting plant in Middlesborough.
  • Advising VAKT on its “GT&Cs” (the legal documentation to be supplied to users of its platform), API licensing and strategy, electronic confirmation of commodities trades, and complex collaboration agreements.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London team is a core part of the fast-growing global practice, which is active in emerging markets throughout the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. Projects lawyer Ayesha Waheed has a strong track record in international oil and gas financings and privatisations, and is particularly familiar with Turkish deals. Also of note is Olivier Chambord who is active in oil and gas transactions in Africa, in addition to undertaking upstream E&P work. Bruce Johnston leads the team in London.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Ayesha Waheed; Olivier Chambord

Testimonials

Knowledgeable, very commercial, easy to work with.’

Superb in response time and the quality of work. Their market knowledge is so extensive that we are always one step ahead.’

Ayesha Waheed is outstanding.

Key clients

Humania North Africa Holding Ltd

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Patriotic Energies and Technologies Limited

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD)

Yildirim Holding

Kalyon Holding

Akfen Holding

Work highlights

  • Acted for Humania North Africa Holding Ltd., a private healthcare investment company, on a $125m project financing deal to help expand health services and improve medical care in Morocco and Egypt.
  • Advised longstanding client European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the first project under its new Vital Infrastructure Support Programme,providing new financing worth $125 million to Enerjisa Enerji, the leading electricity distribution and retail company in Turkey.
  • Advising Patriotic Energies and Technologies Limited (“Patriotic”) on its refinery acquisition. Patriotic is wholly-owned by the Oilfield Workers Trade Union of Trinidad and Tobago.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' team has ‘good breadth of skills and knowledge’ in the oil and gas sector, and its client roster includes sovereign governments, national oil and gas companies and independent E&P companies. Peter Stewart has an excellent record in cross-border oil and gas transactions and disputes, as is evidenced by his work in markets such as Kazakhstan, Kenya, Uganda and Libya, among many others. Ian Wood co-heads the group with Trevor Ingle, which also includes Jayson Marks and international arbitration partner Max Rockall. Ben Holland left for K&L Gates LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:

Jayson Marks; Max Rockall; Peter Stewart

Testimonials

‘Our primary lawyer at the firm is Jayson Marks, with whom we have worked for many years. He is very knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Guyana Department of Energy

Blue Star Exploration Ghana Limited

National Oil Company of Liberia

Overgas Inc. AD

TEC Resources

Pall Mall Oil and Gas

Enwell Energy plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Guyana Department of Energy on a variety of matters related to its relationship with international oil companies and the first oil production in the country’s history.
  • Advising Enwell Energy plc on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of LLC Arkona Gas-Energy, which holds the Svystunivsko-Chervonolutskyi exploration licence in in the Poltava region in north-eastern Ukraine.
  • Advised Overgas Inc AD and related group companies in a benchmark decision on a strike out application in London Commercial Court proceedings flowing from an ICC arbitration award.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's oil and gas and offshore practice is now jointly led by Tony ConcaghStuart Beadnall, and Max Lemanski, with former practice head Marc Hammerson and Tony Edwards having moved to Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in late 2020. The team is particularly noted for its work for offshore contractors, for whom it advises on contractual issues and disputes associated with offshore oil and gas projects worldwide. It has a key focus on matters with a nexus to the North Sea, South America and Africa. On the contentious side, the group is particularly active in disputes arising from floating production, storage and offloading and facilities. Rubin Weston has particular experience of advising lenders and sponsors on finance transactions in Russia and Eastern Europe. Simon Moore is prominent in large FLNG projects. Emma Skakle joined from Clyde & Co LLP  in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Tony Concagh; Stuart Beadnall; Max Lemanski

Other key lawyers:

Rubin Weston; Simon Moore; Peter Bennett; Kamal Shah; Shai Wade; Tom Adams

Testimonials

Excellent client relationships, a diverse workforce, knowledgeable in African legal issues, flexibility in fees during the pandemic.’

‘They are all knowledgeable in the relevant transaction being worked on, responsive to our issues and we are very pleased with their experience and work product.’

‘They have a number of partners who are very experienced in offshore oil and gas construction and production. They are wise enough to acknowledge they don’t do everything and are a dependable firm that wants to develop long-term relationships, without milking cases.’

Key clients

Altera Infrastructure (formerly Teekay Offshore)

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Eland Oil & Gas

Heerema Marine Contractors

Petrobras International

Subsea 7

Valero Energy

PDVSA

Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owner of an FPSO (Altera), who chartered an FPSO to an oil company (Premier) for use on the UK North Sea fields, in a dispute between the parties.
  • Acted for SUEK  (the largest producer of coal in Russia and a top ten producer globally) on a $1bn pre-export financing in 2019 from a lending syndicate led by Deutsche Bank.
  • Acted for SUEK on a $50m loan facility to fund its import of Japanese mining equipment. Half of the debt was provided by JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) and the other half by a syndicate of banks (supported by a guarantee from NEXI, the Japanese Export Credit Agency).

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein offers clients ‘excellent insights’ into a wide array of international oil and gas matters, including in relation to offshore drilling. It particularly distinguishes itself in the LNG sector, where its team adeptly covers all facets of the value chain, such as finance, project tendering and EPCIC. Jonathan Goldfarb jointly leads the team with Renaud Barbier-Emery, who is a specialist in offshore energy projects. Special counsel Matt Berry joined the firm from Ince.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Goldfarb; Renaud Barbier-Emery

Other key lawyers:

Chris Grieveson; Matt Berry

Testimonials

‘Jon Goldfarb is a warm, principled person, with whom one can enjoy working even under stressful conditions. He takes an holistic approach to a client’s issues, and ensures that a proper balance is struck between defending one’s interests, and reaching a timely and efficient conclusion to a matter.’

’Renaud and his team at Wikborg Rein are the go-to lawyers in the offshore energy M&A and related commercial transactions. Their effective advocacy and attention to to detail are key strengths.’

‘Renaud Barbier-Emery is a tremendous asset to Wikborg Rein.’

Key clients

Transocean

GasLog Ltd

BW LNG

Golar LNG

Noble Corp

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)

Awilco Drilling

Bonheur ASA / Fred Olsen

Höegh LNG Ltd

Dolphin Drilling

Maersk Drilling

GSP Holding SA

Exmar NV

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (QGEP)

George Economou group companies (Ocean Rig)

Awilco LNG

Work highlights

  • Advised BW Gas Ltd on the major LNG project for the provision of a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) as part of the first integrated Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-to-Power project at the Port of Acajutla in the Department of Sonsonate in El Salvador.
  • Acted for Tokyo-listed MOL on the project which would be Germany’s first LNG import facility. The FSRU construction cost is circa $340m as part of a wider total project value which was anticipated to be in excess of $725m.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a strong presence in the oil and gas arena both domestically and internationally, and it has forged an excellent reputation among a number of the leading market participants that operate in the upstream and midstream sectors. Led by Richard Cockburn, the team handles investments, joint ventures, wholesale trading arrangements and finance transactions, among various other issues. Matt Lewy is experienced in acting for UK and US-based clients, as well as entities from developing markets. Simon Hewes has over 25 years of experience handling M&A and private equity transactions. The UK-based group regularly works with practitioners in the Boston and Houston offices.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cockburn

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hewes; Matt Lewy

Key clients

Babcock Offshore MCS Aviation

Chariot Oil & Gas

Chrysaor

Cuadrilla Resources

Endeavour

EQT Infrastructure

National Tube Stockholders (NTS)

Noble Energy, Inc

OMV

Petrofac

Schlumberger

Serica Energy

Shell

Sumitomo Corporation (Summit Petroleum)

Tampnet

Tekmar Energy Limited

The Oil and Gas Authority

Third Energy

Total E&P UK Limited

VAALCO

Vitol Group (Vitol SA and Vitol E&P)

Work highlights

  • Represented ten Centrica Group companies, who were interested parties in a judicial review application brought by Tempus Energy against the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Acting as outside counsel to international oilfield service supplier Tekmar Energy Limited on a spectrum of supply contracts worldwide for cable protection equipment to be supplied to major new onshore and offshore high value development sites.
  • Advising E.S. Pipelines Limited (ESP) on the acquisition of 31,000 domestic and mixed-use customer gas connection pipeline assets across the UK.